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I generally try to keep religion and politics off of this site since those are two topics that usually cause a lot of arguments and hurt feelings.  Since I’m a big wuss at heart, I try to avoid conflict like I try to avoid the plague [doing good with that so far].  But, having said that, I’ve joined a group on twitter that is for conservatives and I agree with a lot that many in the group seem to think.

However, I’m not 100% far right and it’s hard to explain my stance in 140 characters so I figured that I would lay it out here.

I’m a registered Democrat.  When I was younger [when I registered to vote] I was very socially liberal and did not put too much thought into economics, capitalism or the tax code.  Immigration didn’t even register on my radar.  After a couple of years of college, I married a VERY conservative guy [Tucker – @crazy_n_me on Twitter].  Tucker would describe himself as a Libertarian more than a Republican so I’ll call him a Libertarian as well.

During the time that we dated and now during our marriage, we’ve had hours of conversations about the economy and concerning government and politics.  We watched every single debate – primaries and then the VP and presidential debates.  We discussed them at length.  Over this time, I’ve started to realize that I’m not nearly the Democrat that I thought I was.

I guess if I’m a Democrat of any sort then I would consider myself a Blue Dog Democrat.  While I still consider myself socially liberal [though not as much as I once was] I think that the federal government should be smaller, that more things should be handled by individual states and that the tax system is broken and unfair – to both the poor and the rich.

When I read the bios of some of the people who have chosen to follow me on Twitter, I suspect that they would run in fear [disgust?] if they knew how much of a political ideology mutt I am but I also don’t want my more liberal followers to wrongfully assume that I’m FAR right since that isn’t the case.  Also, I don’t think that the majority of Americans fit under a nice, clean label.  I would suspect that most are just as convoluted with respect to their political ideas as I am.

Maybe you guys didn’t need to know this about me but the point is that I needed to say it.  I’m not attacking anyone so I hope that I won’t be attacked, but if you want to have an intelligent conversation, I’m always up for that.

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  1. designtwit says:

    We are pretty much on the same page. And my husband is a libertarian too. Maybe twitter is better than we think about aligning interests? Lets hope Obama is the change we need. I still have hope.

  2. Oh dollface, how similar you & I are sometimes. I grew up in Republican family, but was as a socially liberal as you could get, so when I turned 18 and could finally vote I registered DEM of course (to the horror of my family), belonged to and marched for all sorts of causes, etc. and took great delight in pissing off my conservative family members by being as contrary and fired up about the “downtrodden” as I could possibly be.

    But then I “grew up”, graduated from college, got a job, bought a home, started REALLY paying taxes (as in prop taxes), my parents died & I had to deal w/ estate crap, I became a mother, yadda yadda, yadda.

    Things change. We don’t realize how much being an adult can change the way we think. But it does.

    So, I can’t be pigeonholed either. I’m not a Republican by any means, unless you mean the more socially liberal conservatives like my parents were (i.e. NOT religious righters at all). I’m not a DEM anymore either, left the party more than a decade ago. I like a lot of what the Libertarians have to say, but I’m also fond of some Green Party platform issues.

    Yep. I’m a mutt.

    And that’s okay b/c frankly it means I THINK, therefore I’m adaptable. And most folks who choose hard left, or hard right, are NOT.

    I’ll take flexible any day over rigid. Thanksverymuch. I find your blog posts, and twitter conversations to be thoughtful, smart, funny as hell, and sometimes inflammatory (LOL). But hey, that’s why I like you, and it’s why I keep coming back to read ya too.

    Keep truckin’ mama! You’re awesome. 🙂

    • Inflammatory?! ME? You never fail to make me smile, my dear. I’ll be a mutt with you any day.

  3. What’s that old saying? Something like “if you aren’t a democrat when you’re you’re young, you have no heart. If you aren’t a republican when you grow up, then you have no head.” HAHAHAHA

    I’m feeling kind of “muttish” myself these days.

    • “If you are young and not a liberal, you have no heart. If you are old and not conservative, you have no brain” I’ve been looking for the past 20 minutes for the exact quote and who said it but I’ve been getting lots of conflicting info.

      Point taken though. 🙂

  4. I take much of the same stand you seem to. I don’t say ANYTHING about politics on my blog, and never reply to tweets about politics because there are some liberals that just plain scare me. I mean, they’re all ANGRY about stuff that there’s just no reason to be angry about. (As if anger and fist shaking, saying, “That should never be!!!” makes things better.)

    My facebook profile defines me as “extreme middle-ist”. Guess I just wish there was a party that reflected that!

    Colleen – Mommy Always Winss last blog post..Unprecedented

  5. I am not political but good to know we live in a free society to decide on things! I want the prez to have bloggers day. On that day every blogger gets one hundred bucks or something!

    mrsmoguls last blog post..I got stuff from the Gumdrop Cookie Shop

  6. We’re actually very close in our beliefs, though I tend to call myself a “moderate” since I’m pretty far left on social issues.

    Kimberlys last blog post..Crime scene: Do not cross

  7. We sound much alike. I’m a registered Republican, though “looser” on the social stuff. I’m moderate. Married to a very conservative man though.

    I think the continum – the image of a horizontal line along which we are each a dot, more to the left or right of center – is no longer applicable to most people. It’s much more 3 dimensional than that, lots of angles, lots of dots for each of us, depending on what exactly the topic or issue is. I think that is not only OK, but normal.

    Amys last blog post..Shark Bites with a Side of Sugar

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